Mary Williams to Serve as Dean of College of Health and Human Services

Posted on 2/18/2018 8:04:51 PM

Effective February 17, Mary Williams will serve as dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Williams has served in the role of interim dean since February 16, 2016.

“This decision has been made following extensive consultation with university leadership and leadership within the College of Health and Human Services,” said IUP Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Timothy Moerland. “Dr. Williams has provided excellent leadership during her time as interim dean, and we appreciate her continued commitment to the college and to the university.”

Williams will continue in the role of dean through June 2019. A national search will be held to identify her successor.

Williams joined the IUP community in 1981 as a faculty member in the Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, a role she held until 2011.

As a faculty member in the department, she served in many leadership positions, including department chair. In 1998, she was appointed director of Liberal Studies and initiated and shepherded to completion a revision to the university’s Liberal Studies program. She served in the role of director for 11 years. In 2002–03, she was recognized with the IUP Distinguished Faculty Award for Service. Since 2011, she has served in various roles in the dean’s office as dean’s associate for Academic Affairs that included functioning as the academic standards officer and responsible for all student and curriculum issues, and associate dean responsible for curriculum and external partnerships.

She has served on many university-wide committees and has demonstrated leadership in key committees over the years. She was an active participant in the 2013 grant project, Academic Initiatives for Student Retention and Success: Developing an Academic Support Team, funded by the President’s Strategic Initiative Fund, and also co-authored a mini-grant for Assessment of Writing Across the Curriculum.

Her community work has involved securing grants that have contributed to health access for uninsured children in rural communities and serving the needs of women with unexpected pregnancies.

She is the author of a number of publications and has been an invited presenter at local, state, national, and international conferences.

Prior to her employment at IUP, Williams was a registered nurse at Indiana Hospital where she functioned as a staff nurse, head nurse, and nursing supervisor. She earned a diploma in nursing from Columbia Hospital School of Nursing, a BS in nursing from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in nursing from University of Pittsburgh, and a PhD in nursing science from Case Western Reserve University.